Canes all-star nominees the three stars vs. Bruins

Brind’Amour, Cole, and Staal each have two-point nights 

Carolina Hurricanes All-Star game nominees Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, and Eric Staal each had two point nights as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins Saturday night at the RBC Center. Staal had two goals, Cole a goal and an assist, and Brind’Amour two assists, and were the three stars of the game.

Brindy moves up stats leaderboard 

Brind’Amour’s 26 assists and 36 points put him 2nd and 3rd in the league respectively in those two categories. Staal’s 16 goals rank him 9th in that category.

Cole’s end-to-end unassisted goal a thing of beauty 

According to the NHL game recap, Erik Cole might be the only one who failed to appreciate the sheer beauty (watch here) in his effort to tie the game. There was Cole, one of the most dazzling players in the NHL, diving to the ice to block a rocket of a slap shot. And there was Cole, outracing everyone down the ice to corral the puck. He deftly held it on his stick until Boston goalie Tim Thomas got out of position, then he flipped it into the net.  He deflected Stuart’s shot to set up the play that turned around the game. “I was right behind him, and when he went down, I thought it was a nice block,” Staal said. “And then he got up and flew by two guys to get the puck, and then he made a great move at the net.” Cole simply shrugged off the superlatives, insisting he did nothing special. “Once Stuart took a swing at the puck, he lost a step, and that helped me gain a step,” Cole said. “Then when I got to the net, I just waited out the goalie.”

Vote often through January 2

all-star ballot

Voting runs through January 2

There’s a direct link to the English language US ballot for the 2007 NHL All-Star game, or you can use http://tinyurl.com/yzu27e. Remember to vote Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, and Eric Staal for Eastern conference forwards, and Cam Ward for Eastern Conference goalie.

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